England's Harry Kane: Spurs' Mauricio Pochettino congratulated me after win

Ruben Hill
June 20, 2018

Kane came to the rescue with two goals, the second a dramatic injury-time victor, as England began their 2018 Soccer World Cup Group G campaign with a stuttering 2-1 win over Tunisia on Monday.

England's next game is against Panama in Kaliningrad on Sunday and Roberts was optimistic that Monday's positive atmosphere would help further reduce the risk of hooliganism.

There appears little chance of complacency seeping in, though, given Southgate's focus and the players' hunger to improve. "We are a team that are improving and developing, and therefore there will always be things that we can get better at".

"We're a long way from perfection". But you have to look past that and recognise the general performance in the second half was not good enough for a side who everyone is suggesting has moved on.

"We were all fairly new to each other and we've managed to build relationships". We have got a job to do.

Sweden thanks to the only goal scored by Andreas Granqvist penalty for the first time since 1958, won the opening match at the world Cup. And they are firm favourites to beat minnows Panama before the Group G decider against Belgium.

However, Kane struck again with a late header to secure all three points.

Fabian Delph could be an option having played at left-back for Manchester City last season but Rose would be more suited to England's current system.

As well as Kane, Spurs' England contingent also consists of Dele Alli, Danny Rose, Eric Dier and Kieran Trippier who performed brilliantly.

"Poch texted me after the game".

"If he doesn't score tonight I am sitting here answering questions about his ability to score goals in tournament football, so for him I am personally delighted but I know the pride he will feel in leading his country to victory tonight will be the biggest for him".

The travelling support attending the Three Lions' World Cup opener in Volgograd is expected to be lower than in previous tournaments, with fan violence, high costs and large distances all being cited by supporters as concerns.

The forward has been described by many as world class, but Southgate wants more from his star man.

But England did not go on to win either World Cup, or even reach the final, because they were ultimately unable to produce enough goals from different areas of the pitch.

"The difference between now and 98 is at this time I was sat in a drug-testing room with Teddy Sheringham while everybody else was celebrating".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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